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How is the amazement of the Jews explained by those who believe that "Render Unto Caesar" affirmed the paying of taxes?

What lies below is certainly not the only way to interpret this scripture, but it is one way I find extremely compelling, and to my knowledge, provides a reasonable historical understanding. This ...
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When was the Gospel of Mark written?

Executive Summary The Gospel of Mark was probably composed in Rome shortly after the death of Emperor Claudius (died AD 54). I will use the writings of Clement of Alexandria & Paul's epistle to ...
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Does the Catholic church consider Mark 16:9-20 to be biblical canon?

At the Council of Trent, the Church officially declared as dogma the canon of Holy Scripture. This included "the four Gospels, according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John." The council did ...
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How did theologians conclude that blasphemy of the Holy Spirit meant a refusal for repentance?

The task of a theologian is to bring together the many parts of scripture into a consistent whole. Passages may appear to be contradictory, at least on the surface, and so the theologian seeks an ...
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What is significant about the torn curtain? What about Jesus' death impressed the centurion at the cross?

The Veil: Its meaning Most scholars are in agreement on the ultimate conclusion and meaning of the tearing of the curtain. Perhaps none are so succinct as Ezra Palmer Gould in A Critical and ...
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According to orthodox Trinitarians, why did Jesus respond that only God is good?

The teaching on this passage from such as Martin Luther (see link below) is that the rich young ruler approaches Jesus as 'good Master'. The young man sees only a master who can instruct him with ...
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While on the cross, was Jesus abandoned by every human?

He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his ...
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What are arguments for the divine inspiration of the longer ending of Mark (Mark 16:9-20)?

The following is quoted from this article at the Early Church History website which outlines the very early attestation of the longer ending of Mark: Irenaeus, Justin, Tatian and Hippolytus were very ...
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Why don’t the gospel authors specifically identify themselves?

The Gospels are formally anonymous in the same way nearly every book on your bookshelf is: the author is not identified in the body of the text. So my copies of the Harry Potter books are anonymous in ...
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Why did Paul Thank God he didn't baptize some individuals?

The First Epistle to the Corinthians opens with an expanded address (1 Corinthians 1:1-7), identifying its writer as the apostle Paul who, with Sosthenes, was writing to the church community in ...
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is Adam no longer the son of God?

This is an artifact of the translation you are using. There is no verb in the Greek text of the verse. Consider this version: the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of ...
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Why are some words of Jesus in Aramaic transliterated in the Gospels of Mark?

In the case of "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani" (Mark 15,34) the Aramaic is needed to explain the misunderstanding in verse 35 when some of the crowd think He is calling for Elijah. The mistake is ...
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How do Trinitarians respond to Mark 13:32 which indicates that the Holy Spirit does not know something?

What the Father knows the Spirit also knows, and the Son in his divine nature also knows. When our Lord was speaking of the Father he was naturally including "the Spirit of the Father". The ...
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How does Catholic Church view the new school of thought on multiplication of bread by Jesus?

Denial of miracles is one characteristic of the heresy of Modernism. Doctors of the Church did not deny the miraculous nature of the multiplication of the loaves: The multiplication of the loaves ...
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What prominent scholars and/or denominations hold to Matthean priority?

"Matthaean priority" comes in two primary forms: the Augustinian hypothesis and the two-gospel hypothesis. Both hold that Matthew came first, but differ on which synoptic gospel came next (Mark in ...
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According to orthodox Trinitarians, why did Jesus respond that only God is good?

See https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/746-did-jesus-repudiate-his-divine-nature Jesus is trying to show that the man is careless in his use of the word "good". He is not denying his deity, ...
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If Christ has all power to perform miracles, how is that that "he could there do no mighty work" save that He healed a few?

In John 6:29, "Jesus answered them, 'This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.'" Jesus did not do His healing works merely for the sake of healing. He came to restore faith in ...
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According to Trinitarians, why didn't Jesus correct the scribe's use of 'Him' at Mark 12:32-33?

I and the Father are One, saith Jesus, John 10:30. God is one - a matter of divine nature, a nature shared by three persons in a perfection of unity. Therefore, without further revelation, as was the ...
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How did theologians conclude that blasphemy of the Holy Spirit meant a refusal for repentance?

The real sin of blasphemy against the Spirit is often misunderstood. The word "blasphemy" evokes thoughts of railing, cursing, profanities, or sacrilegious talk. At least, this is what the ...
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Why is Mark not the first gospel?

Many of the church fathers saw a correspondence between the Gospels and the four living creatures in Revelation 4:5-11. They disagreed over which living creature went with which gospel. However, if ...
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Why did Paul Thank God he didn't baptize some individuals?

The church of Corinth had a problem: it was split up into quarrelling factions. The people were more focused on the differences between them, such as which apostles they identified with, than the ...
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According to Catholicism, why did Jesus address inanimate objects?

He wanted to show His control over the universe. See St. Thomas Aquinas's discussion on God's divine governance in his Summa Theologica (I q. 103). St. Bede says this about the mystical sense: ...
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From Catholic perspective, what is the meaning of the tearing of the veil at the death of Christ?

St. Thomas Aquinas himself thinks only the outer veil was rent; he says in his Commentary on St. Matthew's Gospel: And it ought to be observed that in the Temple there were two veils, namely, in ...
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If Jesus was weak, how could he be a carpenter?

The section of Ireaneus quoted here is part of a parenthetical phrase (note the hyphens). Some of them, moreover — [when they predicted that] as a weak and inglorious man, and as one who knew what ...
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Did Jesus engage himself in any profession before the commencement of his Ministry?

Did Jesus engage himself in any profession before the commencement of his Ministry? Traditionally, Jesus followed in his foster-father of Our Lord (Nutritor Domini), St. Joseph in the family trade! ...
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How is the amazement of the Jews explained by those who believe that "Render Unto Caesar" affirmed the paying of taxes?

Commentators primarily give two reasons for the amazement: Amazed at the wisdom of his response Dumbfounded and shamed by his response The wisdom of the response John Gill writes that the Jews were ...
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Jesus withdrawing from his disciples to pray

Luke doesn't say Jesus prayed "only once", it records him praying without noting the particular detail of the three separate entreaties recorded in Matthew and Mark (although perhaps it is ...
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Has the gospel been "preached to all nations"?

Prominent dispensationalist John MacArthur understands this passage to be a prophecy that will be fulfilled in the future, but not primarily through the church's work of evangelism. Instead, his ...
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